Ecologe is a luxury eco resort and events venue set in the mountains of Bali, near Ubud. It was developed in response to the global tourism ‘green rush’, which has seen hotels and resorts rebrand themselves as ‘eco-hotels’ by meeting the most minimal standards of green accreeditation. This project éwill be wholely sustainable. It seeks to make eco-luxury affordable, provide authentic ethical tourism, and facilitate sustainable cultural evolution. The project is constructed almost entrely from locally grown and crafted bamboo. The central events dome is surrounded by bio filtration pools, and the adaptable accomodation bungalows are arranged using sacred geometries. The project includes permaculture gardens, restaurants, bar, day spa, fitness centre, events space, conference rooms, gallery, meditation and yoga hall, temple, and recording studio.
“Future City Architects Concept Blog is an exhibit of the many concept designs which, although loved by ourselves and our clients, may not have made it to construction phase. The built environment represents only a sliver of the design work that architects complete. This is a record of our concept designs across modular, container and prefab buildings.”
— Daniel Burnett, Director of Future City Architects
This project, at the base of Mt. Glen Rock, just outside Esk, is anticipated to house 100 Self Sustainable Holiday Villas. The villas are set into the mountain to avoid bushfires and assist thermal performance. The Resort Community will have small scale agricultural tracts for vegetables, chickens sheep and cows. These are to be maintained by the resort community so that individual owners can come and go without concern about ongoing maintenace.
Residence/ Yoga Studio, Acupuncture Treatment Clinic – Experiment in colour, formed concrete, rope mesh, and woven nautical rope. Adventurous Clients. ($200K) Construction Documentation Phase
7 prefabricated steel framed single and double storey duplex/ triplex options were produced for use in the client’s various retirement resort projects. This number of types was adequate to achieve homogenous variation across the site without noticeable repetition and preserve a sense of individualism. These duplexes were developed in close collaboration with structural engineers, utilising prefabricated steel frames for low maintenance and fast construction.
Residence/ Wedding Venue/ Eco Resort with 10 Master Suites + 15 hillside villas. 270° ocean views, Autonomous and off the grid Self-sustainable Water, Power, Waste Treatment. Multiple Level changes achieve unencumbered ocean views and avoid the need for almost all handrails and pool fencing. ($4 M) Currently at DA stage
After extensive study of the local wineries’ production and tourism industries, a scheme was developed which responded to and expressed the delicate, co-dependent relationship between the two. The first aim of the building was to facilitate effective observation and participation by a large crowd, in what is essentially a delicate and dangerous industrial process. The strong tectonic crumpling of the front wall of the winery volume is an outward expression of the internal interaction between tourist and production line. Tourist interaction with the process is controlled by the cranking of this double height wall, varying one’s height and proximity to machines, guiding large groups through each stage of production, ultimately delivering tourists to a tasting room and retail space. Its lightness, trasnsparency and permeablity stand in deiance of its counterparts, and allow glimpses of the process within, from the road. In addition to the winery, the brief included dedicated orchard space for native fruit and nut trees, space for dairy animals, production space for conserves and cheeses and guest accommodation.
This concept project sits on a prominent corner of Brunswick Street, in New Farm. It is zoned for centre activities and this projects includes ground floor retail and commercial, with upper floors of both short term and permanent residential. We are playing with the contrast of heavy rectilinear form of the containers and lightweight amorphous screening elements, and how this responds to the street corner. The scheme chooses not to comply with the adjacent buildings, which meet the corner with firm, full height, right-angle masonry.
This concept project begins in a 6-block precinct of the Brisbane CBD, bounded by Charlotte, Alice, George and Edward Streets. It is a precinct distinguished both topographically and programmatically but more notably by the richly varied volumetrics of its interstitial spaces – a product of the tight coexistences of towers, their podiums, and adjoining heritage controlled warehouses and laneways. The high frequency of heritage buildings in this area of the city offers sites which resist the formulaic tower and podium type development, but could house slivers of program which compliment it, providing places for production, creativity and community exchange. This scheme grows out of the rich morphology of adjoining volumes, bounded by service edges and blank podium walls which form an internalised avenue running along the centre of a city block. The proposal can be read as a collection of parasitic interventions, each of which display a varying degree of occupation of the host building. Each aims to activate the existing interstitial space and preserve a finer weave in the fabric of the city. As the parasites multiply throughout the city, a pedestrianised community circulation network is established, secondary to the street grid, and liberated from it, while certain interventions at its edges, become apertures which mediate between the two systems
This concept scheme was undertaken in 2004 in response to the staged decentralisation of government services to ease congestion in the CBD and in anticipation of increasing building height and density in South Brisbane and Woollongabba. The brief was to provide commercial offices for the relocation of Queensland Rail headquarters from the CBD, and to link directly into the existing bus and rail network beneath. The scheme includes retail, food court, other commercial office space and a boutique hotel. The scheme utelises seperate foyer entries off Tribune Street to activate the narrow volume bounded by the busway terminal opposite and the rail and busway bridges above. It is intended that the strengthening of this axis along Tribune Street, perpendicular to Southbank and the river will set a precedent, helping to polarise a permeability to West End, counteracting the barriers imposed by Cordelia and Merivale Streets.
These schemes begin to explore some simple solutions to ornamental gardens and food production in typical multi residential applications. The scheme attempts to reconcile built form and landscape, reversing the prevailing oppression of vegetation by buildings which stand victorious over it, and exploring the use of landscape as built form. These are some preliminary concepts showing how this might occur. Each building attempts to express a different relationship between the vertical landscape and the built form, through hierarchical shifts, varying levels of maintenance, and varying geometric order. With effective rainwater storage, irrigation, and access for maintenance, horticultural systems are successfully weaved into the fabric of the building. There is a planter on every balcony which is irrigated by gravity fed roof water from small reservoirs at the roof line. Pre-grown flowering creepers are transported to site, unrolled and clipped to trellises. So creepers only have to be sustained for 3 metres vertically before they are supplemented by another soil profile. And they can be growing right from the beginning of construction so that by practical completion they are already flourishing. It is intended that each occupant may grow their own preferred plants into the fabric of the facade, introducing another layer of diversity, and promoting creativity, individualism and self-expression in a multi residential context.
Currently under construction, this project sites a range of luxury dwellings and recreational facilities into the rich topographic and ecological landscape of a former open cut mine. Serviced apartments, duplexes and a clubhouse respond to the sheer cliff faces, overland flow paths, lake, creek and island. The brief was to provide a resort-style community for retirees of unparalleled luxury and amenity which would integrate with existing care facilities adjacent. There are 140 units over 9 apartment buildings, 82 single and double storey duplex apartments, and a clubhouse with restaurant, bar, theatre, library, medical centre, indoor aquatics, lakeside pool, and serviced apartments above. Close collaboration with landscape architects saw the vertical integration of landscape with building fabric, community gardens, permaculture solutions and regeneration of the whole site. The challenges of this site demanded extensive hydrological, ecological, and geotechnical investigation, coordinated with a large dynamic team of consultants, to achieve successful, sustainable integration into the natural environment.